Moorland Classroom - Evaluating the Impact
From its inception, a very important consideration has been to explore ways in which the impact of the Moorland Classroom programme on children and young people might be assessed. Consequently a research study was set up focusing on the 28 pupils of Willow class of South Molton Junior School, Devon. A range of quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection were used to gather information which provided an overview of changes which occurred in the pupil’s knowledge and understanding, skills acquisition and application and attitudes and values. A particularly interesting and significant aspect of the research was the extent to which completing the programme seemed to contribute to the pupils increased propensity to behave in a more environmentally aware and sustainable manner.
The full research paper appears in Chapter 3 of Children Learning Outside the Classroom: From Birth to Eleven, Edited by Sue Waite and published by SAGE (2016). During the report a number of references are made to examples of data collection methods including questionnaires and observer recording sheets to capture the application of critical thinking skills. These are posted here for reference.
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